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The Next Space Age Looks at the Business of Space

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 9, 2009) — The space business is rapidly evolving to become more complex, more diverse, and more Earth-integrated than ever before. Two panels will examine this phenomenon of The Next Space Age at the 25th National Space Symposium March 30 – April 2 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The “Changing Applications and End-User Products for The Next Space Age” panel will examine how customer interests and technological advances are bringing more and more space technology to Main Street. Moderated by Hoyt Davidson, managing member, Near Earth, LLC, the panel features:

  • David Hershberg, chairman and chief executive officer, Globecomm Systems
  • Lon C. Levin, president, SkySevenVentures (s7v)
  • William Schuster, chief operating officer, GeoEye
  • Michael Tupper, executive vice president, Composite Technology Development

The “Changing Business Models for The Next Space Age” panel, moderated by Anita M. Antenucci, managing director of the Houlihan Lokey high-tech investment firm, will look at how new space businesses are structuring themselves to compete – and win – in the marketplace. Panelists include:

  • David Caddey, executive vice president, Space Missions Group, MacDonald, Detweiler and Associates, Ltd.
  • Michael C. Gass, president and chief executive officer, United Launch Alliance
  • John B. Higginbotham, chief executive officer, Integral Systems, Inc.
  • David L. Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

“These two panels bring to the National Space Symposium agenda recognition of the important role that commercial activities and applications play in our industry,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “Commercial endeavors represent the biggest growth area in the space industry, so it makes sense to focus part of our program on space-related consumer businesses and new business models.”

The Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community, brings together all sectors of space – civil, commercial, national security, new space entrepreneurship, and finance – to highlight accomplishments and address opportunities and issues facing the global space community today. Themed The Next Space Age, this year’s program looks at major shifts in the economies, philosophies, and mechanics of the global space industry.

The symposium offers workshops, forums, panels, and presentations covering all aspects of space, a number of special dinners and luncheons, and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards.

The symposium also includes extensive programs for selected teachers and students, a Space Career Fair, and the Boeing Exhibit Centers representing more than 140 organizations and companies. More than 7,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media representatives from around the world are expected to attend.

Co-sponsors of the symposium include Aerojet, The Aerospace Corporation, a.i. solutions, Analytical Graphics, Inc, ATK, ARES Corporation, ASRC Federal, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boeing, Braxton Technologies, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cobham, General Dynamics, Hitachi Consulting, Honeywell, IBM, Infinite Links, Integral Systems, Inc., Intelsat General Corporation, International Space University, ITT, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, The Mitre Corporation, Modem Technology Solutions, Inc., New Mexico Space Grant, Northrop Grumman, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Raytheon, Regis University, SAIC, SEAKR Engineering, Inc., SERCO, SpaceX, Stellar Solutions, United Launch Alliance, United Space Alliance, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Webster University. Media partners are Aviation Week, Defense Systems, Space News, and Via Satellite.

Online registration and more information, including an updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, and exhibitor list, are available at

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. In addition to the 25th National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation, along with partnering organizations, will also conduct Space Business Forum: New York on June 4, 2009, in New York, N.Y., and Strategic Space and Defense 2009 from Oct. 6 – 8, 2009, in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit